Ties that Bind: Huawei and the Chinese Party-State

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Western lawmakers that assume a legal or operational firewall between Huawei and the Chinese party-state are deluding themselves.

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Radio Free Europe’s Comeback Story

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RFE’s voice is needed more than ever in the current information climate.

Africa’s Locust Scourge Descends on South Sudan

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South Sudan is the latest African country to deal with swarms of crop-devouring locusts. But unfortunately it is among the least prepared to deal with the crisis.

The African Union: Summitry or Substance?

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Can the African Union make this an “African Century,” or is it destined to share the same fate as the Organisation of African Unity that preceded it?

COVID-19: Economic Impact Round-up (02-20-2020)

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Recounting the latest economic disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Japan and COVID-19: A Rising Tide of Anxiety

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The arrival of COVID-19 is just the latest in a string of recent economic disruptions in Japan, and there are even rumblings that the expected windfall of the Olympics could be in jeopardy.

The Rise of AI: A Future of Empty Choices

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Examining human reactions over past technological breakthroughs can give insight into what might be the most disruptive breakthrough of all: artificial intelligence.

Bolsonaro Controversies Mask Economic Progress in Brazil

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Investors welcome the Brazilian president’s ambitious reform program, but worry about his apparent disdain for the environment.

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

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In opening its doors to foreign investors, an independence-minded Greenland could be ushering in a new era of geopolitical competition in the Arctic.

Glacier Watch: China-Kazakhstan Water Conflict and the Lake Balkhash Basin


Glacier shrinkage in the Lake Balkhash basin is set to exacerbate water shortages in an already arid part of the world, creating a potential water conflict between China and Kazakhstan.

Idlib Campaign Puts Turkey-Russia Detente on Notice

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Turkey and Russia’s divergent interests in northern Syria can no longer be glossed over.

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